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Understanding Your Vehicle’s Exhaust System

Signs Your Exhaust Needs Repair !!!

 

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The cost to repair the exhaust systems or its components can vary widely by vehicle type, make and model, as well as which component needs repair and the extent of the damage. Replacing a catalytic converter, for example, can be significantly expensive, while re-hanging a loose exhaust pipe can be relatively inexpensive.

 

 

Whatever the repair, continuing to drive a car with a damaged exhaust will almost always cost more in the end than repairing the problem at the first sign of trouble. And it’s important to remember that the muffler and exhaust system do more than just quiet the car, they also prevent carbon monoxide fumes from building up in the cabin, reduce polluting emissions and ensure the vehicle runs at peak efficiency.

 

Here are some indicators that your car may need muffler repairs or exhaust system maintenance:

 

1. Increased volume when the engine is running

 
When your car’s exhaust note suddenly sounds more like a lawn mower or motorcycle, it’s a good sign that your car needs muffler repairs. For other drivers, the sound of needed exhaust system repairs may sound like buzzing, a low rumbling or a slightly louder exhaust note.

Don’t just turn up the radio to drown out the noise – get the car to a muffler repair shop. Delaying needed repairs can eventually cost more in the form of more extensive damage, such as having to replace an otherwise usable component such as exhaust pipe, catalytic converter or muffler because it fell from your car.

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2. Rattling at stop lights or stop signs

 
You might notice you get drowsy when driving, you might see a dashboard warning light, or you might notice your car occasionally hesitates or chugs when you try to start it. If you notice any of these issues, or if your car rattles when not moving, schedule an appointment for the muffler shop right away.

 

The catalytic converter is one of the highest priced exhaust system parts. As far as safety goes, it’s one of the most important parts to keep up. If a catalytic converter has a tiny hole, you might not notice it right away. The signs start out small.

 

Because catalytic converters contain precious metals, they have become a popular target of scrap metal thieves.

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3. Engine vibrations

 
If you notice a new vibration or loss of power when operating your car, have the exhaust system checked at a muffler repair shop. You might notice the new vibration when you touch the steering wheel, foot pedals or car seat.

 

You might or might not hear a rumbling sound, depending on the size of the damaged area. An exhaust leak makes your car’s engine work harder, and that extra effort sometimes causes vibrations so intense that the driver feels them before hearing the leak.

 

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4. Decreased fuel efficiency

 
If you notice you have to fill up your gas tank more often than normal, have your exhaust system checked out by a muffler repair shop. Similar to the vibrations, increased fuel use is a sign something is wrong with your car. When the exhaust leaks, your engine works harder. When your engine works harder, it requires more fuel.

 
 
 

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Brakes – Things You Need to Know

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Why is it important to get my brakes inspected at the first sign of a symptom?

 

Worn brake rotor, pad, and caliper with wheel and tire removed

 

When your car starts creating abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, start investigating the issue sooner rather than letting the condition worsen. Waiting will only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. For example, rotors start to warp and become damaged when completely worn brake pads and shoes exceed their lifespan, shortening the life of healthy parts due to the metal on metal grinding that occurs.

 

What sounds, noises and sensations indicate I need brake repairs?

 

Pay attention. Sounds, smells and sensations signal brake problems:

 

  • Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing and other eardrum piercing noises are common indicators that your brake pads & shoes require inspection. This should be addressed before worn pads cause damage to other parts, which could result in more expensive repairs.
  • Vibration and pulsation in the pedal or your steering wheel. If this is a familiar feeling, your brake system is telling you something. Wait any longer, and your rotors might get warped from the metal on metal rubbing, potentially costing you a lot more in repair. Stop in as soon as possible if you are experiencing this unpleasant problem.
  • Pressing down farther to complete braking functions. This symptom is not as prevalent as it used to be, but if you’re pressing down farther than usual on your brake pedal to stop your car, requiring more pressure and time to perform the same stopping function, you have entered the first stage and sign of brake pad wear. Don’t play around with your brake pedal, you can only press so far before you’re in a frightening, “I have no brakes” predicament.
  • That pungent burning smell near your tires is screaming “help!” If you’re detecting noxious odors emitting from your tires, stop what you’re doing and please call or visit your local Firestone Complete Auto Care. Unfamiliar and pungent smells, such as what you’re experiencing, are not normal and could have dangerous consequences if you continue to drive under these unsafe conditions. Your best solution is our brake inspection to see what part of your braking system has been compromised while driving with this smelly symptom.
  • Brake warning light. If your brake warning light comes on visit us as soon as possible and ask us to perform a free brake inspection.

 

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What other warning signs can I look for if I think my brakes are wearing out?

There are many nuances to every car’s braking system, so we’d rather not overload you with worst case scenarios and model specific warning signs. We wouldn’t want you to go through the trouble — or worry — of diagnosing a symptom that is rare and hard to detect on your own.

 

If you have questions about your braking system that weren’t described in the previous questions, please call us 281-756-9500 or Contact Us

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